With over 60 years in the making, Volkswagen has shared some pretty awesome versions of the camper vans. In fact, the camper van is the longest running vehicle in the history of motoring, and definitely one of the most popular. Still, these motor vehicles maintained their boxy, minimalist image, which is why they are ceasing production at the end of this year: new safety regulations aren’t compatible with the camper van design.
Let’s take a look at some of the best styles of camper vans that have changed the way people travel on the road.
The Splitscreen is the original camper design, and it remains one of the most expensive styles to date. There have been a host of memorable moments that have taken place in “Splitties”. In recent years, Chef Jamie Oliver has made the Splitscreen most memorable with his salad tossing efforts.
If you remember the Splitscreen all too well, you’ll appreciate the 1965 VW Camper Van Tent that is an exact replica of the Splitties of the hippie generation. While you may not be able to hop into a real camper van and hit the road, you can build new memories camping in the Camper Van Tent, which is just about as cool as the real thing.
It may not be as charming as the Splitscreen, but the Bay Window is still worth celebrating because of its large single windshield and rounded design. The Bay Window came after the Splitscreen, and was made during the late 1960s and 70s. The model changed drastically over the years, as the older versions were equipped with traditional parts, while the newer versions had modern advancements, including cupboards, convertible beds and pop-top roofs.
The prized T3 camper van was an even boxier version, which is why it was often referred to as “The Wedge.” More advancements were added to this style, such as a water-cooled engine to cater to the American market. What made the T3 version especially unique was that it bridged the gap between the “hippie van” and the modern 1980s vans at the time.
In 1990, the T4 style was born, and this model closely matched more traditional vans of its time, equipped with a front-mounted engine. The T4 went on to add features like microwaves, ovens, showers and electrical hookups. Yes, you could literally live inside a VW T4 if you wanted to. The T4 remained so popular, it had the second longest run after the Splitscreen.